Saint Francis to become West Virginia's 1st full-service orthopedic hospital


W.Va.-based Thomas Health System will be a full member of the West Virginia University Health System, and the agreement will establish the state's first full-service orthopedic hospital.

Charleston-based Saint Francis Hospital will have comprehensive inpatient and outpatient orthopedic care, along with physical therapy and occupational therapy, according to a Nov. 11 news release from Morgantown-based WVU Health. It will have a walk-in clinic and offices for spine, orthopedic and nerve physicians.

"This represents a tremendous opportunity to create a best-in-class, full-service orthopedic hospital for the Charleston area and the Southern tier of West Virginia," Albert Wright Jr., PharmD, president and CEO of the WVU Health System and interim president and CEO of Thomas Health, said in the release. "This will become a truly unique asset for the region and complement the outstanding orthopedic teams that serve our main campus in Morgantown and our community hospitals across the state and region."

Thomas Health System, Saint Francis Hospital and South Charleston, W.Va.-based Thomas Memorial Hospital all agreed to the transaction. The deal is expected to close by the end of 2022.

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